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Terry Lawler, Executive Director
Duana C. Butler, Program Coordinator
Dondrie Burnham, Membership Coodinator
Emma Thomas, Development Assistant
Elizabeth Estrada, Executive Assistant
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phone: 212-679-0870
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Ext. 24 - Executive Director
Ext. 39 - Executive Assistant
Ext. 22 - Program Coordinator
Ext. 23 - Membership Coordinator


Terry Lawler, Executive Director

Terry Lawler has been the Executive Director of New York Women in Film & Television since 1997. She is a Vice President of the Board of Directors of the New York Production Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors of  the Katahdin Foundation. Prior to joining NYWIFT, Lawler was Director of Development and Production at Women Make Movies and National Director of Film and Videomakers Services at the American Film Institute. She has been a media consultant for foundations and nonprofit groups, including the MacArthur Foundation, the Astraea Foundation, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Goethe Institute, among others. She was a production executive on several network television specials and was Executive Producer of Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992), which won Best Documentary awards from the American Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle in 1992, and Hollywood Mavericks, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990.

Duana C. Butler, Program Coordinator

Duana C. Butler coordinates NYWIFT's programs and special events. Butler is also an independent producer/director. She serves as Series Director for Black Public Media’s public television series Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange.  She co-produced the documentary Miss Navajo which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens.  She has also served as a Curator/Producer at WNET/Thirteen and Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Film/Video Arts. 

Dondrie Burnham, Membership Coodinator

Dondrie Burnham is the current Membership Coordinator of New York Women in Film & Television. She is also an actress, writer and private development coach. She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and though she’s spent years being shaped and molded in New York, she’s a southern girl at heart. While earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Marymount Manhattan College, she co-founded StoneSoup Theatre Arts, a political theatre company based in Manhattan, serving as both a company and board member. Upon graduating, she began working with the Hip-Hop Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering, facilitating and preserving hip hop culture.  She was appointed as the Director of Film Programming and Acquisitions for the H2O (Hip-Hop Odyssey) International Film Festival, the largest hip hop film festival worldwide. She split her time between the Hip Hop Association and New York Women in Film and Television, coordinating events and serving as a panelist to help promote women in film.  She strives to continue battling industry standards of beauty and worth.

Emma Thomas, Development Assistant

Emma Thomas is the Development Assistant at New York Women in Film & Television. In 2010 she graduated from Smith College, where she majored in Film and Psychology.  Emma has worked as a television production assistant on numerous productions, including MTV’s MADE and The Travel Channel’s Food Paradise. Emma is passionate about encouraging more women in the industry to become involved behind the scenes. Emma enjoys volunteering, and has been involved with NIFF, IFFBoston, and Horizons for Homeless Children.

Elizabeth Estrada, Executive Assistant

Elizabeth Estrada is the current Executive Assistant of New York Women in Film & Television. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2012 where she studied Television-Production and Sociology. During her time at Ithaca College, she participated in the Los Angeles program where she interned for Jennifer Lopez's production company, Nuyorican Productions, as well as E! Entertainment. Upon graduating, she worked as a Casting Assistant for DiGa Vision, a small production company that focuses on docu-reality programming and later went on to be a Talent Assistant for Celebrity Apprentice. She is currently a graduate student at The New School University, receiving a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies with a concentration in Social Media and Social Change. 



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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts